Death of Golden Butler Atkins Jr.

GOLDEN BUTLER ADKINS JR., 61, of Huntington, died Aug. 25 at home. He was a hospital administrator at the Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington. Burial at Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington. Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a Scottish Rite memorial service at 7 p.m.

The following are the arrangements for Illustrious. Golden Butler Atkins Jr.
Chapman’s Mortuary, 2851 Third Ave., Huntington WV 25702, ph 304-523-9424
Viewing Tuesday 6-8 PM Scottish Rite Memorial Service at 7 PM
Commanadery Memorial Honor Guard
Service Wednesday 11 AM at Chapman’s Chapel
Burial at Woodmere Cemetery with Masonic Grave Side Rites

Golden Butler Atkins Jr. was Past Master of Huntington Lodge #53, AF&AM, Past High Priest of Huntington Chapter #6, RAM, Past Commander of Huntington Commandery #9, KT, member of Beni Kedem Shrine where he was a member of the Past Master’s Club, Past Governor of the Charles W. Wise York Rite College, member of West Virginia Conclave, RCOC, and Grand Commander of West Virginia in 2006-2007. He was also a holder of the Order of the Purple Cross in the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.

Updated Obituary
GOLDEN “BUTLER” ADKINS JR., 61, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his residence. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, with Rev. Hubert Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, with Huntington Lodge #53 AF & AM conducting Masonic graveside rites. Butler was born July 5, 1951, in Bluefield, W.Va., a son of Golden Butler Adkins of Huntington and the late Charlotte Kirby Adkins. He was a hospital administrator at the Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center. Illustrious Butler started his Masonic journey in the DeMolay with H. Pat Oshel as his DeMolay dad. He then advanced to be PM of Huntington Lodges #152 and #53, PMEHP Royal Arch Chapter #6, PEC Huntington Commandery #9, Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of WV, KYCH, Past Venerable Master, Wise Master, Commander, Master of Kadosh in the Valley of Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies, KCCH, and 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary of Scottish Rite, York Rite College, Knight Masons, Red Cross of Constantine, Rose Crucians and OES. He was also a member of Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, IOOF #64, and Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, and was a graduate of Marshall University. Butler was a coach, mentor and friend to hundreds of Masonic brothers over the years. He was an excellent ritualist in all Masonic Bodies and Masonry was his life. He was not a tall or big man in stature but he was a giant in life. He was overpowering through his deep voice and knowledge at any gathering he attended. There are no suitable words to express our loss by his passing. There was only one like him. He can never be replaced; there was only one G. Butler. In addition to his father, survivors include sister, Sylvia Jo Adkins of Keyser, W.Va.; brother and sister-in-law, E Kirby and Doriine Adkins of Keyser; and friend, Lois Hoover of Huntington. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Chapman’s Mortuary with an Honor Guard of Knights Templar and a Scottish Rite Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at